The Far-Reaching Highlight: My Wakeful Train Ride Experience in Taipei, Taiwan

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 0 Comments

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There is something cool about a train ride experience and to have it as a first-first train ride is, of course, way cooler. It’s as if it’s taken from a movie scene, with the lights and background music in your head. You stand at the ticketing booth with that swagger stance of yours; you smell with city confidence. Absolute wow.

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First-first? First: because it’s your first time to ride that train, and first: because it’s the first train ride schedule of that day. Did that make sense? Okay, maybe the pictures will make more sense.

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Every train station, no matter how old and unruly it truly is (once it hits the height of busyness), can look as dramatic as it should, given the right elements. Elements like 1.) No busy crowd, 2.) imminent sunrise, 3.) moist weather, 4.) lost in translation, these things make up a perfect first-first train ride experience.When my troop and I visited Taiwan, we got lucky to catch the first train ride of the day, 6 AM run. It was a fairly quiet adventure, since we were still a little dazed and confused with the things that happened the night before. Our energies were not exactly at its high peak yet, but thanks to Taipei, this was not an issue at all.

It was like a perfect scene from a sci-fi movie, a deserted city, with no people – we were the only ones on the train station. It was cool to see the night lights collide with the morning sunshine; the other one says goodbye, while the other one waves good morning. The dashboards and signposts were all in some complex writing – it was both artistic and baffling.
  
 bowdywanders.com Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo :: Taiwan :: The Far-Reaching Highlight: My Wakeful Train Ride Experience in Taipei, Taiwan

As our train run past every street corner, I saw the streets gradually become animated with people and color. It was fascinating; every train stop was a new chapter to uncover. And like every storyline and movie scene, everything comes to an excellent ending. Ours was a bit expected. We alighted the train a little past 6:30 AM, with smiles on our faces knowing that we experienced a first-first city tour from a different vantage point. Ah, the life! *cue background symphony*

What's your first-first experience? 

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Bowdy is an amateur adventurer, a coffee sleepyhead, and a start-up rooter, with a penchant for classic-looking photos. At last count, he has visited some 53 countries, and is now living in Singapore. He's always in search of fascinating routines to exploit, within the edges of after-office hours and (un)limited holidays.

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